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Conclusion: Organically produced plant derived food products have a higher nutritional value, including antioxidants than conventional ones. Furthermore, due to the fact that there is a lower level of contamination in organic crops, the risk of diseases caused by contaminated food is significantly reduced. -National Institutes of Health. Orv Hetil. 2006 Oct 29;147(43):2081-90.
Results showed that blueberry fruit grown from organic culture yielded significantly higher malic acid, total phenolics, total anthocyanins, and antioxidant activity (ORAC) than fruit from the conventional culture. -National Institutes of Health. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jul 23;56(14):5788-94.
Frozen samples did not show any significant decrease in anthocyanin level during three months of storage. Measurement of the antioxidant activity of anthocyanin extracts from blueberries showed there was no significant difference between fresh, dried, and frozen blueberries. -National Institutes of Health.J Biomed Biotechnol. 2004 December 1; 2004(5): 248-252.
Human intervention studies using chokeberries, cranberries and blueberries have demonstrated significant improvements in LDL oxidation, lipid peroxidation, total plasma antioxidant capacity, dyslipidemia, and glucose metabolism. - Basu, A., Rhone, M. and Lyons, T. J. (2010). Nutrition Reviews, National Institutes of Health.
Research from our laboratory has shown that nutritional antioxidants, such as the polyphenols found in blueberries, can reverse age-related declines in neuronal signal transduction as well as cognitive and motor deficits. - Lau FC, Shukitt-Hale B., Joseph JA. Neurobiol Aging. 2005 Dec;26 Suppl 1:128-32. Epub 2005 Sep 27.
The results showed that plasma quercetin is bioavailable from a diet containing berries and indicate that it may be a good biomarker of fruit and vegetable intake in general. -Department of Health and Functional Capacity, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Greater intakes of blueberries and strawberries were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline. - Devore, E. E., Kang, J. H., Breteler, M. M. B. and Grodstein, F. (2012).
Overwhelming evidence suggests that edible small and soft-fl eshed berry fruits may have beneficial effects against several types of human cancers. - Journal of Agricultrual and Food Chemistry, 2008, 56 (3), pp 630-635. DOI: 10.1021/jf072504n. January 23, 2008.
Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain. -USDA Agricultural Research Service
Research from the USDA Pesticide Testing program shows many of the most common foods and what pesticides were detected on them. This is pretty scary and will really make you think about eating only organic or wild berries.
An Examination of Elevating Antioxidant Levels in Food through Organic Farming and Food Processing -Charles M. Benbrook Ph.D.Chief Scientist
Quercetin acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and may help protect against heart disease and cancer. -University of Maryland Medical Center